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Will the h input at the front of the machine used for guitar,can it be used for a vocal track to . thanks

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You can plug a mic into the front H input on the 2488, but depending on the type of mic you may get a weak signal. The typical voice mic is low-Z (low impedence) and the instrument input (H) on the front of the 2488 is High-Z. A high-Z input is expecting the relatively higher voltage put out by a high-Z mic (or passive guitar pickup). On the other hand there are high-Z mics out there and most computer mics are high-Z. These produce the voltage that a high-Z input is expecting.

If however your mic is low-Z you will get a weak signal on the high-Z (front H) input on the 2488. You should in this case connect an impedance matching adapter between the mic and the input. It steps up the voltage of the mic, giving it a stronger signal.

To tell what impedence (Z) you mic is use the following to match the rated ohms on your mic with the impedence:

low-Z = 150-300 ohms
medium-Z = 600-2000 ohms
high-Z = 10,000 ohms or more

If you already have a high-Z mic you can plug it into the front H input directly. For a high-Z mic plugging it into any of the other low Z inputs on the back will produce a distorted signal.

Hope this helps.

bd.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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